Editorial- Climate Change

Deepakshi Kasat

Countries have often agreed to the climate change crisis at hand, but without taking individual accountability of their emission rates, any agreement/plan of action is as fruitless as the one before. It’s time to view the world as a whole, and to look past these mediocre disputes to save OUR planet.

According to CCPI, India ranks 9th in its climate protection performance. USA for the first time replaces Saudi Arabia as worst performing country.

Global carbon pollution must be cut in half in the next 10 years for us to avoid catastrophic, irreversible damage to our planet

Most countries have pledged for a Net Zero Carbon Goal till 2050

THE PARIS AGREEMENT: Let’s save our planet while we can

In 2015, President Barack Obama along with 200 other countries committed to the Paris Agreement to fight climate change globally and together.


Join Hands: Take global efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects and to conserve and enhance, as appropriate, sinks and reservoirs of GHGs

Temperature: Try to keep the global average temperature rise below 1.5 degree C overall and global temperature rise below 2 degree C above pre-industrial levels this century

Climate Neutrality: Global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions and to achieve a balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of GHGs in the second half of the century.

Communicate: Prepare, communicate and maintain a nationally determined contribution (NDC) and to pursue domestic measures to achieve the target

Support: Obligation of developed countries to provide financial, technological and capacity building support to the rest of the world

Awareness: Climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information


As of today, 188 Parties out of 197 Parties to the Convention are Parties to the Paris Agreement. The United States of America ratified the agreement on 3 September 2019. However, on 4 November 2019, the Government of the United States of America notified the Secretary-General of its decision to withdraw from the Agreement which shall take effect on 4 November 2020 in accordance with article 28 (1) and (2) of the Agreement.

Reference (Nov-20-E1)

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